Beauty Editorial

The Quest for the Perfect Dress

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Looking for that special dress for a special date? Choosing a dress you feel confident and sexy in can be hard. The trick is to dress for your body type and highlight your best bits! Below are a few tips on how to choose a dress that suits you best so you can put your best foot forward.

What’s in a name?
Apple?  Pear?  Hourglass?  The quest for the perfect dress is hopeless unless you’ve identified your body type. Before you hit the shops, make an honest assessment of your shape so you know which bits you need to accentuate or flatter.

Don’t be a slave to fashion

Okay, now you know your body type you’re ready to whip out the credit cards and pound the pavements! Keep in mind that you’re shopping for what works best with your body type. Don’t let yourself be sucked in by the latest fashion if it doesn’t suit you. You can always update your look with a fashionable scarf, belt or shoes if you’re looking for a touch of trend.

Top tips for your type

Follow the key do’s and don’ts that fit your body type to make sure you get a dress you can feel sexy in.

Top heavy

You want to flatter your top half and accentuate your bottom half. Spaghetti straps and high neck lines are not for you. Go for wide v-neck styles and dresses that nip in at the waist and fall straight down from the hips.

Bottom heavy

Wrap dresses are your best friend! Wrap dresses are great for accentuating your small top half and their nice A-line will flatter your bottom half. Avoid tapered or clingy dresses as they highlight the hips, which you want to avoid.

Straight up and down

If you’re lamenting your lack of curves then never fear! Feminine dresses in chiffon fabric will soften your shape and help to give you a curvy look. Dresses with gathers or pleats at the waist will help cinch in your middle and accentuate your bust and hips.


The most common mistake for curvy women is that they try to drown their curves in baggy dresses. The best approach is to look for a figure hugging dress that is tailored without being tight. V-necks are a great idea for this body type as are empire waistlines. Avoid dresses with pleats and gathers around the waist.

My name is Angela Ricardo Bethea and I am the founder and editor behind ( and many other online publications ) ... I love the finer things in life, I'm quite a shop-a-holic and a certified jet-setter. So if I am not behind my laptop to blog, I'd probably be shopping if not traveling.


  1. Donna

    December 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I still don’t know my body type.

  2. Thania

    December 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    This is really helpful:) Thank you for posting this.

  3. Gel

    December 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for these tips! I’m more of a bottom heavy type of girl 😉 Hehe.

    BTW I tweaked my giveaway’s mechanics a bit 😉 Hope you could check. Thanks!

  4. Angela Ricardo

    December 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    welcome irog… actually kahit ako confused din on mine. I’d say I fall on two categories. 😛

  5. Angela Ricardo

    December 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    awwee thank you doll! xox

  6. Angela Ricardo

    December 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I’m more of an in-betweener lol. :))
    -thanks I’ll check out the new rules. xox

  7. Journeys and Travels

    January 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I now know why women loved shoes and accessories. Koreans are also fond of this. I met them on the road of my travels and I am rather impressed. 

  8. Angela Ricardo

    January 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    It makes us women feel like we stand out from the rest. :)) Somehow it boosts my confidence too. 😀

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